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  • Day4

    Dublin day 2

    February 5, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Today we visited the Jeannie Johnston ship which brought Irish people to North America to escape the 1840-50 famine...
    Also visited Dublin Castle and its Chapel.This is the place where the British resided when they ruled Ireland.Read more

  • Day3

    Jimmy's Hall

    September 7, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    A sunny day in Ireland is a good day and as we wake up it is a good day. Refreshed after our pub crawl last night we hit the breakfast room a bit later than yesterday - its almost 8AM.

    We set off for St. Stephen’s Green the city’s park. Phoenix Park is much much larger but it is on the outskirts of Dublin town; St Stephen’s is in the heart of the city small, pretty, and lots of history from the 1916 rebellion that started Ireland’s path to independence.

    We had received a recommendation from people we met on the pub crawl last night to go to the Little Museum of Ireland and it was well worth the visit. It is a small Georgian house with each room set up to explore key things about Ireland. Well curated it doesn’t try to do to much - they had a nice presentation about women in Ireland. We stopped along the way to grab a PSL for Laurie at Starbucks - yes, Pumpkin Spice Latte’s are a thing in Ireland as well.

    Our second museum is the General Post Office - headquarters for the rebels in the aforementioned rebellion. The post office bears the scars of the battle as the British retook control of Dublin within the week. The buildings around the post office are new as they had been destroyed in the shelling. After buying stamps (it is still a post office) we then go the museum and learn more about the uprising, the causes and the various sub groups that all were rebelling for their own reasons against the British - a short film concludes which outlines how the rebels took control of the city but ultimately couldn’t hold it for very long.

    We stop for lunch at Lanigan’s pub. Lanigan must be the patron saint of single men as we are the only couple in the place - I feel like a rock star.

    After our quick bite and beer we head to the new EPIC Emigration museum which is billed as an interactive museum outlining the history of Irish emigration. It has 20 rooms set in an old dockyard storage building, going through each room to get your passport stamped. It started out so promising for the first three or four rooms then it quickly loses steam and by the end you are stamping your passport just in case they won’t let you leave after room 20.

    It is 2:40 when we are allowed to emigrate from the not-so-epic and we debate whether to go home or go the Jeannie Johnson the “famine” ship which is right next door. Underwhelmed by that-was-not-epic and armed with the Dublin pass that gives you free admission to so many places, we decide to see the replica famine ship. We have a 3PM tour and there are only four of us (the last group must have been forty). The other couple are from Hamilton the tour is thankfully quaint and relatively short.

    We head home, change, and get ready for our pre-theatre dinner at Chapter One - the highly acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant. Going on the Camino and surviving with carry on luggage I have left my tuxedo at home; Laurie somehow has managed to dress impeccably. I have never had brazed lamb neck before; it is surprisingly good, as is Laurie’s pork tenderloin - the sommelier has managed to find a wine from southern France that works with both dishes. The service is adequate but not Michelin starred - they have probably caught on to the fact that we are not secret reviewers for Michelin.

    After dinner we walk to the Abbey Theatre for their presentation of Jimmy’s Hall - it is fantastic - full of Irish music and great musicians. It is a fusion of Footloose and Irish Civil war. Telling the tale of Jimmy Gralton, a communist deported to America who returns to Ireland to set up a dance hall in his home town in defiance to the Catholic Church during the Irish Civil war in the 1930’s. It is based on the 2014 film of the same name and despite the tragic nature of so many Irish stories it manages to be uplifting.

    We catch a night cap at a crowded Friday evening pub before retiring for a well earned sleep.
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  • Day107


    July 31, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    What a day. Started off managing to get my nails done and wax. Yeh! Then headed off to see if I could catch up to Megan. Obviously she was well ahead, so wandered on down to see if I could find a Penny's store and Sketchers. Amazingly I did. Found an info centre and booked for night bus tour but decided it might be better to stay clear of town on my own as there was a football game on between Barcelona and Ireland and the pubs were pretty rowdy even at 4.oopm. My bus trip was at 7.00pm so they would be well under way by then.

    Instead I did a walking tour around Dublin going from ytht castle to cathedral to site of the first performance of Handels Messiah. The castle site is now Irish parliament and we went into the garden area which is set up to allow helicopters to land. Finally made it back to hotel and had lovely meal with Marie and Neville.
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    Sandy Clarkson

    Oh love castles

  • Day107

    On the way to Wales

    July 31, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Done ferry crossing. Into Wales landing at Holyhead. Lovely ferry, the Ulysses. Played Pokies trying to get rid of change. Debbie, Seriously and I tried very hard to get rid of €2 and ended up with €5. Had lots of laughs though!

    Irish sea gave us a a very gentle crossing. Holyhead has been in use since 17 hundreds. Photo of memorial for merchant seamen who have died on board ships. The Edinburgh Castle was one of first pub seen!

    Area of Anglesey is the bread basket of Wales. This is Druid land where they hoped to resist the Romans. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful, even setting up on Holyhead.

    About 3 million people live in Wales. Of these about 1 third speak Welsh as a first language.
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  • Day2


    December 30, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Wir waren heute Abend noch im Hafen von Dublin, aber viel gab es da nicht zu sehen.
    Das ganze Gebiet ist noch relativ neu (teilweise noch in Bau) und daher sehr modern. Erinnert ein bisschen an die Hamburger Hafencity.
    Das ist schon ein deutlicher Unterschied zur sonstigen
    Dubliner Architektur.
    Die Samuel Beckett Brücke gehört auch zu den neueren, modernen Brücken, sah aber angeleuchtet sehr schön aus.
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  • Day5

    Made it just in time

    June 13, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Had my first solid night sleep. Nonetheless still groggy. Tried the traditional Irish oatmeal breakfast. Pretty much like you would expect.

    Then I grabbed a bike and zoomed down to the river to tour a replica of one of the "coffin ships" that brought immigrants out of the famine.

    I got lost several times, but managed to show up just before tour started.
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    What a fantastic adventure! Is it possible to have too much fun? Sounds like you are close.


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